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Graduated from The University of Economics
(2001) and AdamMickiewicz University in Poznań
(2011) but teaches English that has become his
greatest interest and passion. He teaches in Stare
Bojanowo in the Province of Greater Poland.
ear Teachers. If I say „test” or „competition”
what springs to mind? Detailed requirements
concerning vocabulary, grammar, bits of
cultural information? A typical day in the life of
a language teacher, is it not? But let me tell you
about the competition in our school in Stare
Bojanowo in the province of Greater Poland that we
held at the end of October. We had called it “Liga
Międzygimnazjalna – English? Deutsch – żaden
problem!” All the language teachers in the school
teamed up with the thought of going beyond
traditional tests. Students have to take ones all the
time, do they not?
The basic language skills were obviously indispensable
but what we wanted to do first was to make our
competitors use this knowledge creatively and
spontaneously. Why not show them that they can just
have fun with languages? We thought about English
and German because these foreign languages are
taught in our school. Our competition was targeted at
teenagers aged 13-15, i.e. the three oldest age groups
of teenagers in our school. The teams of our four
nearest schools also took part. Here they are (with
the names of their teams and in the order of final
standings starting from the winners): Czacz (
), Stare Bojanowo (
) and Bronikowo (
Beautiful and Young
). The whole
event had the following 8 stages.
Introducing the team in a short presentation.
The particular teams presented themselves to the
jury and the audience. In order to do so they could
put on special clothes, say something funny, sing
a fragment of a song or do whatever they wished.
The time limit was 90 seconds, though! We
could see for example an elegant dark jacket
of a boy contrasted with white blouses of the
Beautiful and Young
or kind looks of two
angelic girls contrasted with a stern gaze of the
accompanying boy in disguise of a little devil. They
as one could easily figure out.
Jigsaw puzzle. The contestants received
envelopes with separate pieces of a photo
representing one of the famous landmarks of
English- or German-speaking countries. Firstly,
the students had to fix them together and the
first team to do it got 5 points, the second
4 points and so on. If they managed to identify
the place, they were given extra 2 points.
Identifying the solutions: Buckingham Palace
in London and Reichstag in Berlin sometimes
turned out to be not as difficult as fixing
the pieces together.